Savannah wrote:The main issue with doing what we call a kitchen at gatherings is that we would both insist on serving the general public and insist on not signing a permit.
It'd be only polite to post a large sign reading "Not Inspected by the Health Dept since 2011!" I personally would want to know.
No one expects a small camp serving individuals or few guests to have a permit, and people willingly risk that all the time, but the key is: willingly. Serving the public on a large scale at this particular event implies strongly that you have permission and have met standards, so to do so without a health permit--without announcing otherwise--could be considered deceptive.
Whereas to serve the same food at a Rainbow Gathering the woods, would--by context--not be deceptive.
There are kitchens that refuse to be permitted on playa already.
My rule of thumb is that if you have concerns, people that are careful are proud to show you what they do.
They typically insist.
That's what happened at one camp I asked about.
I've eaten raw food there, and I wouldn't risk my health for the week.
Not permitted isn't always unsafe.
This rule applies to dental offices, the highest risk thing most of us do.
Poor practices are responsible for many hiv and hepatitis infections.
Doing it right is EXPENSIVE.
They are always happy to show you how they do it right, if they do.
If they aren't, run like hell.